Kris Letang : Was His Stroke Caused By Vaccine?!

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Did NHL player Kris Letang suffer a stroke caused by vaccine-induced blood clots?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Kris Letang Suffered Stroke From Vaccine-Induced Blood Clots!

Right after news broke that Kris Letang suffered a stroke, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the 35 year-old NHL player was a victim of blood clots caused by COVID-19 vaccine!

Here are some examples on social media:

Jennifer Margulis : Pittsburgh Penguins Defenseman Kris Letang Out Indefinitely After suffering Stroke. He’s 35 years old. This is not normal or okay.

Rob Schneider : The silence about this and lack of even daring to question this previously rare or unheard of occurrences tells you all need to know…

They’re attempting to normalize this… Young, healthy people in their prime don’t just drop dead. #SADS #DiedSuddendly

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Kris Letang : Was His Stroke Caused By Vaccine?!


Truth : Kris Letang Did Not Get Stroke From Vaccine-Induced Blood Clots!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all athlete deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kris Letang Had Debilitating Headaches

Kris Letang (born Kristopher Joseph Pierre Irwin Letang on April 24, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, and an alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

On Monday, November 28, 2022, he suffered a series of debilitating headaches, and reported them to the Penguins training staff. He was immediately taken to the hospital for testing, where it was confirmed he suffered a stroke.

Fact #2 : Kris Letang Survived His Stroke

Some anti-vaccination activists falsely / wrongly claimed that Kris Letang “died suddenly” from vaccine SADS or a stroke caused by vaccine-induced blood clots. That’s false. Kris Letang survived the stroke, and is still alive today.

Kris Letang was fortunate to have reported his headaches and sought treatment quickly, and his stroke is “not believed to be career threatening“, and he is “not experiencing any lasting effects of the stroke“.

I am fortunate to know my body well enough to recognize when something isn’t right. While it is difficult to navigate this issue publicly, I am hopeful it can raise awareness. It is important for me that my teammates, family and the fans know that I am okay. I am optimistic that I will be back on the ice soon.

Ten days after suffering the stroke, Kris Letang was well enough to return to practice with his teammates. He returned to the lineup on December 10, and skated 22:14 in a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

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Kris Letang : Was His Stroke Caused By Vaccine?!

Fact #3 : Kris Letang Had A Stroke In 2014 As Well

What anti-vaccination activists won’t tell you is that this was not the first time Kris Letang had a stroke.

He first suffered a stroke in 2014, which was more serious and took him out of action for more than two months.

Obviously, that was more than six years before the first COVID-19 vaccines were approved!

Fact #4 : Both Strokes Were Due To PFO

When Kris Letang suffered his first stroke in 2014, doctors discovered that he had a patent foramen ovale (PFO) – a hole in the central wall of his heart.

We are all born with this hole in the heart – a flap-like opening in the wall that divides the right and left atrium (upper chambers) of the heart. This foramen ovale usually closes in infancy, and prevents the blood in the right and left atriums from mixing.

The blood that enters the right side of the heart gets pumped to the lungs where it is oxygenated. At the same time, the lungs act as a kind of filter that traps small blood clots that may develop.

However, the foramen ovale does not close completely in about 25% of people. This allows blood from the right side to enter into the left side, which means blood clots may “leak” into the left side as well, instead of getting filtered by the lungs.

These blood clots may travel to the arteries in the brain, and cause an ischaemic stroke by blocking off normal blood flow.

In Kris Letang’s case, both strokes were attributed to his patent foramen ovale (PFO), and not the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Fact #5 : Kris Letang Is Fully Vaccinated

In October 2021, the Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed that Kris Letang was fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, as are all Penguins players.

At that time, multiple Penguins players tested positive for COVID-19, but they all had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic. That was testament to the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #6 : Kris Letang’s Vaccination Had Nothing To Do With His Stroke

I should point out clearly that Kris Letang’s COVID-19 vaccination has nothing to do with his stroke, which was due to a heart condition he was born with.

Claims that his condition may have worsened due to the COVID-19 vaccines are also untrue, because his 2022 stroke was milder than his 2014 stroke.

The Penguins team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas described the 2022 stroke as “smaller” than the one Letang endured in 2014, and noted that the symptoms resolved themselves much more quickly.

As noted in Fact #2, Kris Letang started skating on his own two days after his 2022 stroke, but was out of action for over two months after his 2014 stroke.

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Kris Letang : Was His Stroke Caused By Vaccine?!

Fact #7 : Claims Of Athletes Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing athlete deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of athlete deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next athlete tragedy…

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